NFL Draft 2011, Second Round: Da'Quan Bowers Among Best Players Still Available

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books so it's time to re-set your boards and prepare for day two.

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NFL Draft Trade Rumors: Oakland Raiders Looking To Move Up

The Oakland Raiders did not have a first round pick in the 2011 NFL draft after trading it away for DE Richard Seymour. So that leaves them with the 48th overall pick as their first opportunity to upgrade their roster.

That is, unless they trade up in the draft. Several reports on Thursday indicated that the Raiders were trying to get back into the first round. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that, now that we're in the second round, the Raiders are still trying to move up.

They're at No. 48 now and it's unclear where they're trying to get to. The most obvious prediction would be moving up to select a quarterback. Even though they have QB Jason Campbell, the Raiders could be eyeing one of the remaining quarterbacks such as QB Ryan Mallett, QB Andy Dalton or QB Colin Kaepernick. 

Keep an eye on the Raiders. If they don't get their quarterback, history says they'll be looking for the fastest player on the board.

Check out Silver and Black Pride to see what Raiders fans are thinking about the draft.

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft gradesupdated NFL draft order and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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NFL Draft, Second Round: Bengals QB Plans Come Down To Carson Palmer Decision

The Cincinnati Bengals were one of the teams we suggested could think about moving up to the New England Patriots 33rd pick in the draft to ensure that they get the quarterback that they want. ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports that the Bengals are looking at QB Andy Dalton first and "plan B" would be QB Ryan Mallett.

The Bengals are in a tough spot not knowing what the story with QB Carson Palmer is. He says he'll retire if he's not traded but the Bengals didn't appear to be budging from that. According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Bengals could change their tune on Palmer if they secure a quarterback they like in the draft.

Bengals owner and president Mike Brown has said he will not trade Palmer, but sources say he may consider it if the team secures a quarterback and gets a favorable trade offer.    

This adds a whole new dynamic to the second round of the draft.

Check out Cincy Jungle to see what Bengals fans are saying about this.

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft gradesupdated NFL draft order and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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NFL Draft, Second Round: Do Patriots Have A Trade Partner?

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft has come and gone so we sit here now figuring out what will happen at the top of the second round. The Patriots hold the first pick of the second round -- 33rd overall -- and plenty of people think they'll try to trade it. 

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said he's received a few calls on the 33rd pick. Who would be calling about the pick? Here a couple of ideas:

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are in a tough spot. They reportedly have their eye on QB Andy Dalton but two teams sit ahead of them in the third round -- New England and Buffalo. The Patriots are a threat to trade out of that spot to a team that could want Dalton and the Bills could also consider Dalton. The Bengals may have to move up if Dalton's their man.

Anybody who wants Da'Quan Bowers: He could end up being the steal of the draft if the reported issues with his knees aren't that serious. He's a supreme talent so there's someone out there who could consider moving up to the Patriots pick to assure themselves they can select him.

I'm not sure how many teams, other than the Bengals, would consider moving up for Dalton. 

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft gradesupdated NFL draft order and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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Todd McShay's Round 2 Mock Draft Has Ryan Mallett With Oakland Raiders

One of the biggest questions entering the second round of the 2011 NFL draft -- besides where DE Da'Quan Bowers will go -- is who ends up taking QB Ryan Mallett. He has one of the best arms in the draft and, looking at his physical skills alone, he's definitely a first round pick.

Alas, perceived character concerns have followed Mallett and his stock has taken a hit. He's now available in the second round and at some point a team is going to take a flyer on him. ESPN's Todd McShay, in his second round mock draft, predicts that team will be the Oakland Raiders

Fitting, isn't it? The Raiders seem to be attracted to guys that have the character concerns shadow hanging over them. The Raiders traded for QB Jason Campbell last year so they have what we believe is a starting quarterback in place.

Mallett could conceivably step in and take some time adjusting to the pro game behind Campbell. It would be a risk but, hey, the Raiders love to take risks. 

Check out Silver and Black Pride to see what Raiders fans think about the second round of the draft. 

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft grades and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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NFL Draft 2011: Bears Screw Up Ravens Trade And Baltimore Wants The Pick

One of the strangest moments in the 2011 NFL draft came when the Baltimore Ravens, drafting 26th, passed on their pick. Yes, passed. Yes, it's possible. NFL rules state that once your time runs out the next team is on the clock. In this case, that was the Kansas City Chiefs and they turned in their draft card and made the 26th pick of the draft. The Ravens moved back one spot and made the 27th pick.

So what happened?

Bears GM Jerry Angelo admitted after that the draft that he screwed up. The Bears were in talks with the Ravens to move from the 29th pick to the 26th pick and, while the Ravens thought a deal was done, the Bears never called the league to confirm the trade. 

Thus the 10-minute clock ran out on the Ravens and the Chiefs were next in line. 

The Bears have admitted their mistake but apparently that's not enough for the Ravens. They want the trade they were going to complete to go through anyway. The Bears were prepared to give up a fourth round pick to move up. They still drafted the guy they wanted -- OT Gabe Carimi -- and now the Ravens want their fourth round pick. 

Peter King of SI.com says this one may not be over.

Angelo called Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti to apologize, but Bisciotti wanted the fourth-round pick anyway, claiming it was part of the deal they'd agreed to. In fact, I'm told Bisciotti today will push to get the fourth-round pick, or to make the situation right in some way.

Strange. Just very, very strange. You usually don't account for teams passing on a pick which is why mock drafts will never be completely right. 

We'll see what the league does, if anything, to make this right.

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft grades and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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NFL Draft 2011, Second Round: Da'Quan Bowers Among Best Players Still Available

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft went completely as predicted and by that I mean it was completely unpredictable. There were trades (hello, Atlanta), surprise picks, great picks and, as we will find out in the future, bad picks as well. The key for teams now is to re-evaluate who remains on the board and set your day two priorities. 

So let's take a look at Mocking The Draft's best remaining players for round 2: DE Da'Quan Bowers, CB Brandon Harris, QB Ryan Mallett, RB Ryan Williams, TE Kyle Rudolph, QB Andy Dalton, DE Sam Acho, LB Bruce Carter, DE Brooks Reed and WR Titus Young.

Bowers is easily the biggest boom or bust player on the board as he was considered a potential No. 1 overall pick during the college football season before knee injuries cropped up. I'm curious to see where Mallett goes because he's sort of like Bowers in that he's a boom or bust kind of guy. Rudolph is the best tight end in the draft so someone will get a steal there. 

A few other names I wouldn't forget: DT Stephen Paea, DE Jabaal Sheard, CB Aaron Williams, LB Akeem Ayers and DE Justin Houston. I wouldn't have thought twice if any of those guys were drafted in the first round so there are some good values out there in round 2. 

For more on the best remaining players, check out SB Nation's round 2 mock draft and Mocking The Draft second round mock draft

The first round of the 2011 NFL draft is in the books. Check out SB Nation's recap of first round draft picksNFL draft grades and our round 2 mock draft as we prepare for another day of NFL draft festivities. Also be sure to check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub and Mocking The Draft to stay caught up on all things NFL draft. 

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